The Pittsburgh Pirates have made a waiver claim, picking up infielder Tommy Field from the Los Angeles Angels on Anaheim. With the addition of Field, the 40-man roster in now full. He has been assigned to AAA Indianapolis.
Field has spent parts of three seasons in the Majors, 2011-12 with the Colorado Rockies and 2013 with the Angels. He was a 24th round pick of the Rockies in 2008. He has played most of his games at shortstop, seeing time at second base and third base as well. In 33 big league games, Field has a .224/.272/.224 slash line.
The 27-year-old has spent this season with Salt Lake City in the Pacific Coast League, where he is hitting .285/.351/.440 in 80 games. It's important to point out, that while those numbers look good, the PCL is a high offense environment. Field's .791 OPS ranks him sixth on the team among regulars. He has played all three infield positions this season. In 2011, Baseball America named him the Rockies top defensive minor league infielder....
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